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PGY3 FM Maternity Care

NOSM Postgraduate Family Medicine is pleased to have funding available to support a number of residents interested in developing their obstetrical skills further to benefit the PGY3 resident in confidently and competently providing service to their future community of practice.

At present, funding is available for at least one (1) PGY3 position in the Maternity Care Enhanced Skills stream.

Program Overview

The proposed training blocks will be 24 weeks in duration. The 6-block curriculum trains physicians in higher risk pregnancies including surgical delivery skills, instrumental delivery, and treatment of obstetrical emergencies.

Four blocks of the program are in higher risk maternity and two blocks are spent with a FP/GP OB who provides caesareans for integration. Clinical rotations are in Northern Ontario except where a need for sufficient volume cannot be met. One of the two months of FP/GP can be taken as a related elective. In the past, residents have scheduled electives in OB ultrasound or neonatology.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for NOSM’s Enhanced Skills Programs candidates must be either:

  • Currently enrolled as a PGY2 in a Canadian Family Medicine Residency Program at the time of application. Residents must start their PGY3 within 12 months of completing their PGY2 year.
  • *A physician currently practising in Canada (for a minimum of 12 consecutive months) who meets program funding eligibility requirements according to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC).

*Note: Practising physicians interested in taking the program must apply separately through the MOHLTC Re-Entry Program. Additional information about the Re-Entry Program and application requirements are available on the MOHLTC Central Forms Repository.

Enhanced Skills Exam Policy for Entry

Postgraduate training appointment/entry into the NOSM PGY3 Family Medicine Enhanced Skills program is conditional upon the candidate’s successful completion of the Family Medicine Certification Exam (CFPC exam). As such, NOSM holds the right to terminate a candidate’s postgraduate training appointment and release them from any existing contracts/obligations to the program, should this requirement not be met by the anticipated training start date

How to Apply

Residents applying to the PGY3 program should have a demonstrated interest in northern and rural practice. Preference will be given to those residents able to describe how the Maternity Care Enhanced Skills training they are seeking will meet a specific community need.

Application opening date: August 20, 2018
Application closing date: October 5, 2018
Interview period: October 8 – November 29, 2018 TBC
Offer letters: December 6, 2018
Resident Responds By: December 14, 2018

A complete application should be submitted online and consist of:

  • Personal letter
    • State the reasons for applying to the self-directed program and be specific about what Enhanced Skills you wish to learn and how these skills will benefit your career and the community where you plan to practice.
  • Updated Curriculum Vitae
  • Preferred start dates
  • Letter of good standing from your current residency program and Program Director Reference Questionnaire
  • Two letters of reference from clinical supervisors and Maternity Skills Questionnaire
    • The Maternity Skills Questionnaire must also be completed by someone whose practice includes the provision of C-sections and who is in a position to comment on your skills in this area.

Apply Online [Available August 20, 2018]

Program Contacts

Dr. Peter Hutten-Czapski
Maternity Care Enhanced Skills Program Director

Marie Parkkari
Program Coordinator
PGY3 Enhanced Skills Programs
NOSM at Lakehead University
Thunder Bay ON P7B 5E1
Tel:  807-766-7310
Fax:  807-766-7483


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